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COPAN, Okla. - Quick facts:
- Someone stole Harlie and Jason Tatum's keepsakes from their child's funeral.
- An alleged friend of the thieves returned the keepsakes to the post office with a note
- Chance Bishop then found the album and returned it to the family.
- Now, the family says the thieves have stolen their identities as well, and they're asking the public for help.
A Copan family is reaching out to again after the public helped reunite them with their memories of a child who died years ago.
FOX23 told you about the family’s effort to find priceless keepsakes from their two-week’s-old funeral after thieves took the items from the family’s home.
After a friend of the burglar returned the album to them, Harlie and Jason Tatum upheld their promise to not try and get the thieves in trouble.
A few days later, however, they learned the thieves stole their identities, along their children’s identities, and used their social security numbers to take out payday loans in both Oklahoma and Kansas.
They say they don't know the entire extent of the damage to their credit and finances yet, but they do know Jason Tatum’s credit score has dropped at least 30 points in a matter of days due to all the loans taken out by thieves.
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The Tatum family was not living in the home during the time of the burglary, because it had been damaged badly by a storm a year ago, but most of their belongings were still in it while they stayed with family.
The couple says they have been working hard for a year to build up their credit to get approved to buy another home.
In just the past two weeks they were approved, and they're thanking God, because the damage these thieves have now caused likely would have meant they would have been denied for the home.
Now, they're asking all the people who helped them by posting the last story to post again in hopes of reaching people who know the thieves to either convince them to stop causing their financial nightmare or turn them in to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
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